A large ridge of high pressure over eastern Russia has brought extreme heat to areas from Poland eastward through the Baltic states, Belarus and Ukraine. Temperatures ranging from 10-20 F (5.5-11 C) above normal were common for several days in many locations.
In fact, some of the most extreme heat was felt from Belarus into Latvia and Lithuania. Here record high temperatures were set, including the all-time record high in Latvia.
The record was initially broken on Sunday as the temperature reached 36.7 C (98.1 F) in Ventspils. Only 24 hours later, that record was replaced with a new one as the mercury reached 37.8 C (100.0 F) in Ventspil.
This recent heat will come to an end shortly as a cold front slowly pushes across the region. Daily downpours from Tuesday through Thursday will affect the region, and there will be a threat for flash flooding from these slow-moving storms.
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